Would you go and buy your low fat veggie burger if you knew that the main ingredient in it is MSG – Monosodium Glutamate? Can you imagine serving your family with your favorite breakfast cereal if you were familiar with the fact that it contains BHT – Butylated Hydroxytoluene, a product used for embalming fluid and in jet fuel?
Be careful, because the foods that are labeled as “natural” and considered “healthy” contain many harmful chemicals in them, used as flavor enhancers and food preservatives – and these chemicals are often presented under unknown names.
SOME OF THE MINOR PROBLEMS WITH EATING TSP INCLUDE:
- Abdominal burning
- The reduction of bone density due to mineral leeching
- Serious irritation of gastric mucosa
- Calcification of the kidneys
The challenge to be informed about what we and our children eat every day grows ever more complex. Trader Joe’s is one of the smaller grocery store chains that many people trust it’s higher quality foods without any harmful ingredients and unnecessary additives that can cause developmental delays, neurological damage or cancer. But trisodium phosphate was recently discovered by one mom in her children’s Trader Joe’s breakfast cereal. Trisodium phosphate is an industrial strength paint thinner, and since then everyone has been wondering what it is doing there. Even more, the same ingredient is found in other popular cereals as well.
TOXIC INGREDIENTS IN YOUR KID’S CEREAL
- BHA:An GRAS additive, BHA has been connected to cancer in many It was concluded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Toxicology Programs that it can be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Both BHT and BHA are considered to have at low enough levels to be safe for consumption by the FDA.
- Sugar:Many kids’ cereals are high in HFCS – high fructose corn syrup or sugar or, which is also known as corn sugar or corn syrup. Generally, if you see “sugar” of any kind in GMO or non – organic cereal, it is very likely that it’s
- Annatto:This natural flavoring has been under many investigations and is now entering into controversy. According to WebMD, it has a high impact on the blood sugar levels so please be aware of that if your child has diabetes. It also has been connected with allergies, and the Food Intolerance Network has gotten reports linking it to irritability and headaches. You may want to avoid this flavoring if you have child prone to allergies or a sensitive eater.
- GMOs:Corn and sugar made from GMO products are contained in the most conventional cereals. Remember that these same manufacturers for distribution overseas create GMO free cereals.
- BHT:This food is classified by U.S. law as “generally recommended as safe” – “GRAS”, and is found in many cereals. This means that experts approved them as food additives without additional testing of their effects and consider them safe. In 2014, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental safety watchdog group, published “Generally Recognized as Secret: Chemicals Added to Food in the U.S. ” This report found loopholes in the GRAS classification, including expert opinions that disregarded evidence of allergic reactions and research data coming from the company themselves, that compromise the real safety of GRAS additives. BHT may be a possible ADHD trigger and is also a chemical additive.
- Hydrogenated Oils: These oils are full of trans fats, which are closely connected to immune problems, cancer and heart disease.
- Soy Lecithin:Derived from GMO soy, this additive often contains toxins. According to The Cornucopia Institute, hexane is often involved in soy lecithin processing, and even though it is removed, trace amounts can be left behind. That residue is listed by that organization as a potential neurotoxin and carcinogen even though it is unregulated by the FDA.
TOP 10 TOXIC KID CEREALS
When it came to the listing “most toxic” cereals, there was a real challenge. Because we didn’t know if we should list those with the most dangerous levels of vitamin, dyes, BHT or those with the most sugar! We could go on and on for a long time, but after checking some current ingredients we believe that these are some of the worst offenders. All of these are fortified, contain GMOs and use extrusion processing. Sugars listed are the amount for 1 serving size in grams.
- Kellogg’s Apple Jacks
- General Mills Boo Berry/Count Chocula/Franken Berry
- Kellogg’s Fruit Loops
- General Mills Lucky Charms
- Kellogss’s Corn Pops
- Cap’N Crunch CrunchBerries
- Post Golden Crisps
- Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
- Post Foods Fruity Pebbles
These are just few of the worst offenders and we could have kept going because the list is long. There were a few brands we weren’t sure if they were still making them, like Reese’s Puffs – if they do, please avoid it! The rule is very simple: if it has a “flavor” (cinnamon, apple, chocolate) or if it’s covered in sugar, it probably contains high amounts of sugar. It most likely contains artificial dyes if it’s colored, especially red #40, which is connected to ADHD. And if it’s a conventional brand, it most likely has artificial flavors and additives.